Musical Freestyle Design for Dressage Riders

WELCOME TO WOODWIND STUDIOS

DRESSAGE MUSIC EDITING & CHOREOGRAPHY DESIGN

WHAT I DO

Woodwind Studios is a dressage freestyle firm specializing in top-notch editing of prerecorded music and creative choreography design. I know your goal is to win at the highest levels and your success is my business.


  • No Limits Design: You don't put limits on your goals and I don't put limits on doing what it takes to help you achieve them. From music selection and choreography design through music editing, I stop work when you're satisfied.


  • Education Equals Excellence: My advanced degree in music paired with my dressage education give me the ideal background to design your musical freestyle. You can hear the difference in every Woodwind Studios freestyle. The artistry of my music editing translates to higher music and interpretation scores, and choreography strikes the perfect balance of difficulty for you and your horse. 


  • Rider-Friendly Services: My standard freestyle package includes features other designers charge extra for. You don't pay more for music selection done the right way - all riders get to hear music choices synced with their horse on video. I line up final edits to exactly match choreography video so that you know your freestyle works. I give you whatever tools you need to learn your freestyle at no extra charge.

MUSIC EDITOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

BETH HALL

I bring a diverse background in dressage and music to the art of freestyle design with 20 years experience in the field. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in music from the University of Vermont and Master of Music Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I was awarded a full fellowship. I taught flute at the University of Mobile and performed as soloist with ensembles such as the Magnolia Chamber Orchestra and Baldwin Pops.


My dressage mentors include Arlene Rigdon, Jos Sevriens, and at university, Susan Blinks and Sarah Geikie. I am a graduate of the USDF "L" Judge Education Program, bred and trained Swedish Warmblood horses, taught dressage lessons and clinics, and hosted recognized competitions. I have conducted freestyle clinics nationwide.


My expertise is trusted by the USDF Connection Magazine and Dressage Today to contribute educational articles, and I have been a featured speaker at a USDF convention and interviewed several times by the USDF's Dressage Talk Radio.

SERVICES

My comprehensive services allow you to make good decisions every step of the way. With my detailed system, I lead you through the process of producing exactly the musical freestyle you desire. I will listen to your wants and needs so that you go down centerline excited and happy.


Services described below aren't "extras," but are included in the price.

Gait Tempos

Every freestyle begins with determining your horse's individual gait tempos. I take into account all the variables and record music at tempos which best suit the horse. As a performing musician, I can operate a metronome with pinpoint accuracy.

Music Themes

I research music in your choice of themes and send you 5 pieces of music for each gait to try. I always tempo-adjust music for you to consider and only present you with choices which can be successfully adjusted and convincing for the listener.

Music Selection

You can't make good music choices simply by listening. After music clips are engineered, I sync with video you provide. You'll see how music interacts with your horse's gaits and use the video to select music. I'm happy to research additional music, if necessary, to complete a theme to your satisfaction and I can  also send you tempo-adjusted music clips to try riding.

Choreography Design

You can submit video of your choreography or I'll design it for you. If I design, you'll

receive a detailed questionnaire for me to learn how your horse needs to be presented to the judge. I send you a sketch for approval, make any changes, and finalize the design. 

Music Editing

My advanced education in music gives me the ability to edit music which is second to none. I perfectly match phrasing and dynamics to movements on your choreography video and create the most convincing possible transitions between gaits - no compromises, no choices made out of ignorance or lack of training.

Music Engineering

Music is perfectly balanced and engineered to industry standards. Effects such as cymbal rolls can be added in final production to highlight your music. CDs are burned to operate in any playback system.

Music Selection Sample Video

Music selection is never guesswork. I tempo-adjust music and sync with your video. No extra charge! Watch this short video to see a music sample video of the type you'll receive for the purpose of music selection. When music is synced to your video, you'll know exactly how it works with your horse.

The Final Product

You'll receive video like that of Intermediare rider, Anartz Chanca, with your music precisely edited to fit the choreography. Use this video as a learning guide. If you need an additional practice tool, I'll record a voice-over narration of your choreography with the final music file. In addition to CDs, I'll send a thumb drive containing digital music files and the music video file. You'll have an mp3 music file or narration to download to your phone and use for practice.

TERMS & PRICES

I schedule production according to your anticipated show date. I sometimes accept rush jobs, but in general please plan to book 2-3 months in advance. Deposit of 50% is required at time of booking. If I design choreography, 25% is due after choreography is designed with balance due before final music file is released. Your deposit books a spot in my production schedule and I do not offer refunds after that creative time is set. Freestyles must be completed within 6 months of booking or any payment is forfeit. After you approve music and final payment is made, changes are charged at a rate of $50 per hour. Additional tempo adjustment is always free (small charge for new CDs). 


Repeat customers receive a 10% discount. Riders with multiple horses receive a 10% discount when you book all freestyles with paid deposits at the same time.


Each freestyle is created for the exclusive use of the rider, and Woodwind Studios retains creative rights to the product. You cannot give, loan, or sell your freestyle to any other rider without the express consent of Woodwind Studios. Payment of deposit indicates acceptance of these terms.


Please read the full description of my comprehensive freestyle design system in the "Services" section to know exactly what I provide for the price. My scope and quality of services are unmatched at any price and you don't pay extra for services I believe are basic.

First-Second Levels, Pony, Para 1-2

Edit music to match choreography video: $875

Music editing plus choreography design: $1,025

Third, Junior, Para 3 

Edit music to match choreography video: $950

Music editing plus choreography design: $1,100

Fourth Level, Young Rider, Para 4-5 

Edit music to match choreography video: $1,100

Music editing plus choreography design: $1,275

Intermediare

Edit music to match choreography video: $1,250

Music editing plus choreography design: $1,450

Grand Prix

Edit music to match choreography video: $1,675

Music editing plus choreography design: $1,950

EDIT MUSIC YOU PROVIDE

You can save money by having me edit music you provide to your specifications. Give me the gait order and timings you want and your music will be professionally edited and engineered. If you want a more custom approach, I can edit your music to match your choreography video. Save money by designing your own choreography or I can design it for you.



Training-Intermediare, Pony, JR, YR, Para

Edit Music You Provide

Edit music you provide to your gait order and timing specifications: $350


Edit music you provide to match your choreography video:

First price is your design and second price is my design 

First-Second, Pony, Para-Equestrian 1-2 ~ $625 or $775

Third, Junior, Para 3 ~ $700 or $850

Fourth, Young Rider, Para-Equestrian 4-5 ~ $825 or $1,000

Intermediare ~ $925 or $1,100


Grand Prix 

Edit Music You Provide 

Edit music to your gait order and timing specifications: $450


Edit music to match your choreography video:

First price is your design and second price is my design ~ $1,250 or $1,550

Prefer a budget alternative? Go to my MusiKur freestyles website to find tons of options and prices.

CLIENT VIDEO

"ROAD TO VICTORY"

GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE

This dramatic music freestyle ridden by Terri Rocovich was a real crowd pleaser at the evening of freestyles in Del Mar, California. She reports that "The judges LOVED the music."

"RATHER BE"

GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE

Contemporary string music highlights this difficult choreography. On first hearing her music, Emily Miles said, "Love the feeling it gives!"

"RADIOACTIVE"

GRAND PRIX FREESTYLE

USDF NATIONAL FINALS

Rebecca Roman earned a score of 76+% at Chattahoochee Hills in Florida with a score of 8.5 on choreography I designed and scores of 9.0 on difficulty and music. She competed at the USDF National Finals placing third.

"GLITCH MOB"

YOUNG RIDER FREESTYLE NAYC SILVER MEDAL

Hannah Bauer won the NAYC Silver Medal with this stunning performance of her Los Angeles beat scene music freestyle. She earned a score of 70%.

"SHUT UP AND DANCE" INTERMEDIARE FREESTYLE

USDF NATIONAL FINALS

Nancy Hinz competed her freestyle at the national finals earning comments like "very good dynamics in music" and "very captivating" from commentator, Kathy Connelly. Her high score on this freestyle is 79.1%,  and the judge said "Loved the design!!"

"BLUE MOON"

JUNIOR FREESTYLE

NAYC GOLD MEDAL

Annelise Klepper earned the NAYC Gold Medal with choreography and music by Woodwind Studios. Her score of 73.250% sealed the win with this traditional swing music freestyle. 

TESTIMONIALS

"Tonico Do Top won the BLM Grand Prix freestyle. We danced to our new music together, he loves the beat!"

FELICITAS VON NEUMANN-COSEL

"We love the music! It's terrific!"

LAUREN SPRIESER

"Beth listens to your every whim to create a freestyle that most reflects your personality while highlighting your horse's strengths. Her life long devotion to riding and being a flautist meld an understanding of editing a freestyle that supersedes the average composer."

REBECCA RIGDON

"You've always done such a wonderful job on my freestyles. Looking forward to the future."

DAVID BLAKE

"I heard the last take with the violins and it sounds awesome!"

EMILY MILES

"I love that freestyle so much!! It is such a great one, my absolute favorite music!"

LAUREN ASHER ~  NAYC SILVER MEDAL


"Thank you so much for my amazing freestyle!"

HANNAH BAUER ~ NAYC SILVER MEDAL

"Amazing freestyle...it was the perfect fit!"

ANNELISE KLEPPER ~ NAYC GOLD MEDAL

Want to know more? Ready to get started?

GET IN TOUCH WITH ME

Feel free to contact me with any inquiries. I'll respond promptly during business hours. If you prefer, call Beth Hall at 251-550-1952.